This is what Paul said in his pursuit of the bride of Christ:
“For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy, because I have promised you in marriage to one husband — to present a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to Christ. For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!” 2 Corinthians 11:2-4
If you have taken part in or witnessed a wedding, the care the bride took to ready herself most assuredly did not go beyond your notice. As everyone takes their places before the ceremony commences, all wait in anticipation for the bride to make her approach to the groom. When the time has come for everyone to behold the bride, emotion fills our heart but not because of any worldly fulfillment. No, it is spiritual. God has planted eternity in our human heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and this earthly marriage covenant is only a shadow of the eternal marriage that is to come (Revelation 19:6-9). That, my friend, is breathtaking.
In our covenant relationship with the Lord, He has vowed promises to us and He is absolutely faithful. “I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.” (Ezekiel 36:27) In this covenant relationship, our allegiance is not left in question. God secures the completeness of this covenant with his Son’s own blood and with the power of His Spirit! He initiates it, He secures it, and He guarantees that it will not fail. He is a promise maker and keeper. Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness.
The earthly marriage vow we enter into is also a covenant relationship with promises to keep. Knowing the Lord keeps His promises motivates us to keep our earthly promises.
Just as the bride goes to great lengths to make herself ready for the earthly marriage, NOTHING should distract you with from possessing even more significant momentum to make yourself ready as the bride of Christ; not a mission to ‘save’ a person, no greater good, and no worthy cause. These desires, as well as many others, are clearly noble causes but if they are detracting you from preparing yourself to be the bride of Christ they most likely are a cunning maneuver of the enemy to seduce your mind from a complete and pure devotion to our Beloved.
Let’s recall Eph. 6:17. The idea of a helmet is to protect the mind, the intelligence, and the ability to think and reason. God’s helmet keeps our thinking straight and preserves us from mental confusion regarding His covenant and who we are in Christ.
“Let us be glad, rejoice, and give Him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has prepared herself.” Revelation 19:7
Jesus is the lamb slain (Rev. 5:6, 12, 13:8). Even when referring to the marriage, our Bridegroom is still mentioned as the Lamb. When Jesus went to the Father, it was through the crucified flesh. As the bride, we must also crucify our flesh in preparation to make ourselves ready.
If you are going to make yourself ready you must know what it requires. One thing He will be looking for is faith (Luke 18:8). Are you building yourself up in your most holy faith (Jude 1:20)? Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) so don’t waste a day by not being in the Word. Have your lamp, take your oil, and prepare yourself to meet your Groom (Matthew 25:1-13). It’s a beautiful thing.
In His grace,